Sports specialization trend costs teens, schools

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, October 21, 2013

Of the 54 football players at Serra-San Mateo, 39 play another sport. Head coach Patrick Walsh doesn't like that.

He wishes more of them would play a second sport.

"I hate specialization," he said. "It makes no sense, in my opinion."

The trend toward specialization in youth sports, in which athletes play one sport year-round for expensive travel and club teams, has had a significant impact on traditional high school programs, which have declined in popularity and participation.

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